Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Report, 2020
Goal 5, Gender Equality

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Release date: October 20, 2020

Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 5, Gender Equality

Description: Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 5, Gender Equality

Among Canadians aged 15 years and older, women spent 15% of their day on unpaid work in 2015

  • Women spent 3% of their time on shopping for goods or services
  • Women spent 10% of their time on household chores
  • Women spent 2% of their time on care of household children under 18 years

On average, women spent 3.6 hours per day on unpaid work activities compare with 2.4 hours for men

Source: Statistics Canada, table 45-10-0014-01.

Management and highly paid jobs

35% of managers were women in 2019

25% of workers in the top 1% of earners were women in 2017

Sources: Statistics Canada, tables 14-10-0335-03 and 11-10-0055-01.

Community Spotlight

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Launched in 1991 to address a critical need for philanthropy focused on women, the foundation has raised more than $90 million and funded over 1,900 programs across the country. Through these programs, the Foundation empowers women and girls to move themselves out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership.

Source: Canadian Women’s Foundation

Women in government

In Canada, women account for:

  • 49% of federal cabinet ministers
  • 46% of senior government managers and officials
  • 43% of federally appointed judges
  • 29% of members of the federal parliament
  • 35% of legislators

Sources: House of Commons, Ministry (Cabinet) and Current Members of Parliament; Statistics Canada, Canadians and political activities; Office of the commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada, Number of Federally Appointed Judges as of June 1, 2020.

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